Over 6,000 Amazon workers at a warehouse in Alabama will soon be allowed to decide whether to unionize after an industry labor union successfully petitioned for them to have the right to do so.
Next month employees at Amazon’s warehouse in Bessemer, Alabama, will start voting on whether to form the first union in the company’s U.S. history.
This is happening because a retail-workers union last year successfully petitioned the National Labor Relations Board, a federal agency responsible for enforcing U.S. labor laws, to allow certain Amazon warehouse workers to unionize. The labor board on Friday decided that the vote to unionize could start on Feb. 8 and go on till March 29. The vote will occur by mail.
This could create a domino effect in terms of union efforts within Amazon, which has successfully fought off labor organizing efforts in the United States for many years.
Amazon employs approximately 1.4 million warehouse and front-line workers in the U.S.